We love to go birding! Central New Mexico Audubon offers weekend and weekday trips to members and nonmembers alike. All field trips are FREE and anyone is welcome! In addition, we have birding opportunities from other organizations posted here!
You can also view a calendar of trips by visiting our “Calendar” page.
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Thursday Birders meet almost every Thursday in Albuquerque. You don’t need to let the leader know you will be attending – just show up at the meeting spot no later than the specified time. If you have any questions email or call the trip leader for that particular day. For a short history of the Thursday Birders and species seen over the years, visit our “About Thursday Birders” page.
Hike in Embudito Canyon with Linda Otterson: 505-280-3123, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the trailhead parking lot. To reach the canyon, drive east on Montgomery past Tramway, then turn left on Glenwood Hills. Continue 0.4 of a mile, turn right on Trailhead Road and continue to the parking lot. This is an easy 1.5-mile walk ending before noon.
Open Space Visitor Center
Walk in the Open Space Visitor Center and nearby bosque with Rebecca Gracey: 505-362-5095, email@example.com. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the center’s parking lot on the east side of Coors Boulevard. The entrance road, Bosque Meadows Road, is located north of Montano Road and south of Paseo del Norte. It will be a two-mile walk ending before noon.
No trip is planned since this is the week of the Festival of the Cranes at the Bosque del Apache. Enjoy the festival!
No trip is planned for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Walk in the Corrales bosque with Perrianne Houghton: 505-321-2015, Perrianne_h@yahoo.com. Meet at 8:50 a.m. for a 9:00 departure from the shopping area north of Alameda Road/NM 528 and east of Corrales Road/NM 448. Park by the Boxing Bear Brewing Company where parking is not restricted. The group will carpool from there to one of the bosque locations followed by lunch at Village Pizza in Corrales.
Shining River – Holiday Potluck
Walk along the ditch and through the bosque from the Paseo del Bosque, Shining River Access Point, followed by a holiday potluck, with Rebecca Gracey: 505-362-5095, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot located directly south of Paseo del Norte on the west side of Rio Grande Boulevard. If coming from the east or west sides of town, note there is no exit from Paseo del Norte to Rio Grande. After the walk, the group will go to the nearby home of David Watkins and Maxine Schmidt. Directions will handed out to people after the walk. The hosts will provide soup, and the guests should bring other dishes and beverages to share with the group. The lunch should end by 2:00 p.m.
Walk in Calabacillas Arroyo with Maurice Mackey: 505-897-0415, email@example.com. The group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the west side of the Rio Grande River. The area is reached by driving north on Coors, past Paseo Del Norte and Irving Boulevard, turning east on Westside Drive. Westside Drive is the first right 0.28 miles north of Irving Boulevard. Follow Westside Drive about 0.2 of a mile to an open gate on the left. Go through the gate and down the arroyo to the parking area. If driving south on Coors from Corrales or Alameda, get in the left lane and turn onto Westside Drive. The walk will end before 12:00 p.m.
Walk around the Tingley bosque ponds with Lefty Arnold: 505-514-9398, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 8:57 a.m. at the north end of the Tingley Beach parking lot. To reach the area, drive west on Central Avenue past Rio Grande Boulevard, then turn left on Tingley Drive. Take the first right from Tingley Drive, and then turn right again to the dirt overflow parking lot. This leaves the few parking spots by the concession stand for people who want to fish. The walk will be about one mile in length and will end before 12:00 p.m.
Rio Grande Nature Center
Walk around the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park with Leah Henzler: 505-280-2085, email@example.com. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Candelaria wetland blind in the northeast corner of the Nature Center parking lot. A $3 parking fee, State Parks Pass, or Friends of the RGNC Pass is required per car. The visitor center opens at 10:00. After that time one may use the restrooms and/or purchase either parking pass. The walk will be about one mile in length and will end before 12:00 p.m.
Poblanos Fields Open Space
Walk the perimeter of Poblanos Fields Open Space with Sarah and Tom Peterson: 505-228-8091, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the open space parking lot. To reach the parking lot, turn north from Montano Boulevard a short distance onto Tierra Viva Place, east of the Rio Grande River. It will be an easy 1.5-mile walk ending before 12:00 p.m.
Torrance County Raptors
Drive to see raptors on the eastern plains of Torrance County with Bonnie Long: 505-379-1985, email@example.com. Meet at 8:20 a.m. for an 8:30 departure from the Tijeras Senior Center on NM 333/ Rt. 66. To reach the parking area, turn north on Tijeras Avenue, just west of the Tijeras Library. A secondary meeting place is the Pilot Travel Center located on north NM 41 after taking the second Moriarty exit from I-40. Meet there at 9:00 a.m. The group will drive south of Moriarty to look for raptors. Lunch will be at the Chili Hills Restaurant on the far west side of Moriarty, just west of the closed McDonald’s. The group will be back in Tijeras by 2:00 p.m. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile.
Alameda Open Space
Walk in the Alameda Open Space in the North Valley with Barbara Hussey: 505-385-1165, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Open Space parking lot on the south side of Alameda Boulevard, just east of the Rio Grande River. The one-mile walk will end before 12:00 p.m.
Valle de Oro NWR
Visit Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge with Linda Otterson: 505-280-3123, email@example.com. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the refuge entrance on 2nd Street by the refuge sign. To reach the refuge, drive south on I-25 and take the Rio Bravo Exit. Drive west on Rio Bravo to Broadway. Turn south on Broadway and drive to Desert Road. Drive west on Desert to 2nd Street where one will go south to Valle de Oro. The group will drive to different areas of the refuge and then take short walks in the bosque. The trip will end before 12:00 p.m.
Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
Visit the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area in Belen with Linda Heinze: 505-270-1779, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 8:50 a.m. for a 9:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on Gibson and University Boulevard or 9:45 at WWCA on NM 47. The walk will be about 2 miles in length. Lunch will be at The Moltos Italian Cafe, 143 Highway 314 SW in Los Lunas. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $4 at five cents per mile. The group will back in Albuquerque by 2:00 p.m.
Pueblo Montano Open Space
Visit Pueblo Montano Open Space for a walk along the bosque with Glenda and Jim Morling: 269-420-8322, email@example.com. Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the south side of Montano and one block east of Coors. It can be accessed from either street. This will be a two-mile walk ending before 12:00 p.m.
Bosque del Apache NWR
Visit the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge with Judy Liddell: 505-220-7998, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on University Boulevard and Gibson. A secondary meeting place will be McDonald’s in Socorro at 9:15 for a quick rest stop and just enough time to get food to go. Please tell Judy by February 13 if you plan to meet the group in Socorro. The group will depart for the Bosque del Apache at 9:30. Bring lunch. A $5 entrance fee or Federal pass is required per car. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 5:00 p.m. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $10 at five cents per mile.
Bernardo Waterfowl Management Area
Tour Bernardo Waterfowl Management Area (part of the Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex) with Ken Zaslow: 512-576-5309, email@example.com. Meet at 8:20 a.m.for an 8:30 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites located on the north side of Gibson and east side of University Boulevard. The area is 50 miles south of Albuquerque on I-25, taking exit 175, then driving on the east frontage road and going north for a short distance to the entrance. Bring lunch. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 3:00 p.m.
Durand Open Space
Walk in the Durand Open Space in the South Valley with Becky Purvis: 505-877-2517, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the open space parking lot at 4736 Isleta SW. From I-25, exit on Rio Bravo, drive west on Rio Bravo and turn south onto Isleta Boulevard. Drive two miles to the property on the east side of Isleta. The walk will be about one mile in length and will end before 12:00 p.m.
If you have any questions about the Thursday Birders trips, contact Rebecca Gracey.
CNMAS Field Trips
CNMAS Trips occur irregularly throughout the year on weekends. Notice that some trips are overnight events. Be sure and contact leaders before you attend! Please make sure to contact your leader prior to the trip as plans may change, leaders appreciate it and some trips are limited to a set number of participants. CNMAS and its leaders encourage car-pooling, especially on longer trips.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Percha Dam and Caballo Lake State Parks
Join Kim Score for a trip down to Sierra County to visit the Percha Dam and Caballo Lake State Park areas, located 2.5 hours south of Albuquerque. We will be birding both parks, and depending on level of interest, we may also visit other nearby hotspots at Elephant Butte Reservior. In addition to a variety of wintering waterfowl, we are likely to find a few interesting Zonotrichia sparrows, gulls, loons, and mergansers. Phainopepla and pyrrhuloxia are residents here, and rare species such as purple finch and Lawrence’s goldfinch could also be possible. Bring your spotting scope, camera and walking shoes, along with a day pack with water, snacks and lunch. Meet at 8:30 am at the Percha Dam State Park entrance near the pay station kiosk. Please contact Kim at email@example.com to RSVP and with specific questions. Also, let her know if you’re interested in carpooling from Albuquerque. Camping is available at both parks, and hotel accommodations can be made on Saturday night in Truth or Consequences, 20 miles to the north. It’s a great time of year to warm up in the local hot springs!
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Join Jim Mosley on a trip up to Maxwell NWR to target wintering raptors and waterfowl. Hopefully some other surprises will be found as well, like swans and American tree sparrows. Meet at the Refuge Headquarters at 8:00 am. This is a great birding location, but has limited amenities in the nearby town. Please come prepared and bring plenty of water and snacks for the day. Warm clothing is a must, and spotting scopes are also very beneficial at this location. The trip should finish before noon; however, the group may want to stop at Las Vegas NWR on the way back. Please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and with specific questions. Also, let him know if you’re interested in carpooling from Albuquerque.
If you have any comments, concerns, suggestions, or praise for the CNMAS Field Trips contact the Field Trip Director.
Other Birding Opportunities
But that’s not all, we want to share the love! There are many other groups that organize trips in the New Mexico. Here we have provided a list of field outings sponsored by other organizations.
Rio Grande Nature Center Weekend Bird Walks
Every Saturday & Sunday – 8:30 am
w/ Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
The FRGNC offers birding trips every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year starting at 8:30 am. Walks are FREE and open to anyone. They start at the Candelaria Wetlands Blind in the Northeast corner of the parking lot at the Rio Grande Nature Center and last from 1 to 3 hours touring the grounds at the Nature Center. Note that there is a parking fee of $3 unless you have a New Mexico State Parks Pass or Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center pass.
For more information about the Rio Grande Nature Center, visit the friends webpage by clicking here.
Valle de Oro NWR Bird Walks
Every third Saturday of the month
w/ Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
Every third Saturday of the month Valle de Oro NWR offers two guided bird walks: one for the beginning enthusiast and one for the more advanced birder. The walks are structured depending on participant turn-out and time of year. Since birds and other wildlife are most active early in the morning, the goal is to start within one hour of sunrise. Start times vary; details are on the Events page of the Friends of Valle de Oro website: http://friendsofvalledeoro.wildapricot.org/.
Sangre De Cristo Audubon Society Field Trips
Sangre De Cristo Audubon (based in Santa Fe, NM) has regular field trips throughout the year.